Diagram 10 – Outside Screen – Player 1 passes to teammate 2 and since 2’s defender has dropped back, playing 2 loosely, player 1 screens outside defender 2 between him and teammate 2.
Diagram 11 – Outside Handoff – Offensive player 1 passes to 2 and cuts behind him and receives a handoff pass on the outside. Player 1 can either take a shot from outside or dribble drive to the basket.
Cutting Off the Ball
Diagram 12 – Cutting off the ball – Offensive player 2 dribbles directly in line between teammate 2’s defender and the basket. Player 1 maneuvers his man into teammate 2, cutting close to 2 toward the basket, receiving a return pass if open.
Passing to the Screener
Diagram 13 – Passing to the screener – Offensive player 1 passes to 2 and screens 2’s defender inside. Teammate 2 dribbles off this screen to his right in direction of the screen. Offensive player 1’s defender switches to 2 as 2 dribble drives to the basket. At the switch offensive player 1 rolls to the basket taking 2’s immediate pass. It is vastly important the ball be passed as the switch is made, since that is when the opening is widest and both defenders are usually focused on the driver.
Diagram 14 – Screening away – The coach is at the head of the key with the ball. Offensive player 5 sets an inside screen for teammate 2 who cuts shoulder to shoulder off 5’s screen. If there is no switch, 2 will be free underneath the basket. If defender 5 switches, offensive player 2 should cut straight across the foul lane and teammate 5 should immediately roll to the basket. In that case, the coach would pass to 5 on the offensive roll. (This is another drill you can use to help players to understand how to read the defense.)
Taking Advantage of a Switch
Diagram 15 – Taking advantage of a switch – Teammate 5, the center, sets a lateral screen for teammate 2 who dribbles off this screen. Defender 5 switches to pick up 2 and offensive player 5 rolls to the basket. He now has the smaller defender guarding him. He assumes a pivot position to take advantage of the mismatch anticipating a pass from teammate 2. The option here would be to allow 2 to go one on one with a bigger and slower defender while 5 draws defender 2 away from the basket.
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